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01Oct2014

The Challenges of Court Reporting

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By Joseph Millikan
What passes itself off as the norm of acceptability in verbatim reporting and transcription from some of today’s court reporters causes shudders among even the most sanguine of seasoned professionals. According to those skilled in the art, the problem is the sheer lack of education and theory exploitation,
01Jan2014

Friendly Reminders for Reporters

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SOME FRIENDLY REMINDERS … As a reminder, do not leave your equipment and/or work product in your car unattended for any period of time.  If you have to stop somewhere on your way home, make sure that you keep the backup of your jobs on your person.  It is also advisable that you keep one back up in your bag and one on your person when leaving the job site.
27Dec2013

Whose Side are We On?

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Given the oppositional nature of the legal field, it is not surprising that we are sometimes asked which side we are on. After all, there are plaintiff lawyers and defense lawyers, plaintiff experts and defense experts. Some attorneys would consider it a breach of duty if they didn’t go venue shopping to ensure the most favorable forum and jury for the client.
27Dec2013

Widening the Highway

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As the saying goes, “Time is money,” and how true this rings for a depo reporter. Being paid by the amount of transcript pages produced speaks loudly of the importance of efficiency. That is, if we want to make a decent income and still have time left over to prop our feet up on the desk (or better yet,
27Dec2013

Is There a Shortage of Court Reporters?

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A question that has been coming up lately is whether there is a shortage of court reporters and, if so, how long will it last? The answer is that yes, we are entering a period where, in many parts of the country, there will be a shortage over the next several years.
27Dec2013

Reporting in the Internet Age

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In 2006, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held two days of oral arguments in the Microsoft antitrust case. While the arguments themselves were interesting, what was also noteworthy is the way in which the hearing was conducted. In the first place, the judges required that both parties in the case file their briefs on CD-ROM.
27Dec2013

Competition and Quality of Service

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It’s not easy keeping ahead of the competition. As a litigator, you’ve probably long since lost count of the extra hours you’ve put in trying to keep one motion ahead of your opposing counsel. CJRA Plans and “fast track” systems give you less time than before to prepare your case for trial.
01Oct2010

Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Not Getting all the Facts

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Excerpt – NCRA’s website
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Not Getting all the Facts When It Comes to Replacing Stenographic Court Reporters With Digital Audio to Save the State Money. VIENNA, Va., Sept. 2, — In a press conference yesterday, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pointed to a number of missed opportunities that could have saved the troubled state $2.8 billion annually.
01Jan2010

The Heroes of Last-Minute Depositions

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By Barbara Lynch, Staff Writer
My first approach to writing this article was to open with a scenario that litigation professionals could relate to with regard to scheduling last-minute depositions: the stress it can cause with the high chance of something not going right. But I didn’t want to insult anyone’s intelligence by pointing out something that we are all too familiar with:  Litigation professionals know firsthand how deposition planning can be unpredictable due to multiple parties’ calendars needing to be aligned,
01Apr2009

What Clients Are Saying About ABI Reporters

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These were recent kudos to ABI reporters from clients: The reporter was fabulous! She arrived early and was set up before the start time of the depo. She was professional and very pleasant. She was able to keep up with the pace of the depo and she waited until the deposition was over to ask for spellings,
01Jan2009

What’s a CRR Anyway?

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By Sandy Bunch VanderPol, RMR, CRR, CSR
What does CRR mean? As court reporters, we all know CRR stands for Certified Realtime Reporter – that coveted certification that allows us to shout with pride that we possess skills such as writing realtime at speeds of 180 words per minute on literary material for five minutes at 96% accuracy;